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About ten years ago, Matthew Modine released the journal he kept on the Full Metal Jacket set along with the photographs he took. It’s as amazing as it sounds. A hypnotic first-person account from a burgeoning actor working with a master. Now he wants to turn it into an audiobook. Thompson on Hollywood has the details on a Kickstarter campaign to make the audio version a reality. Modine and project co-director Adam Rackoff are looking for $12,000 and using the pre-order model to secure it. Plus, they’ve got some excellent enticements for Stanley Kubrick fans and fans of his sharp-tongued war movie. This endeavor looks fantastic, and well worth the cost, although I’m curious as to why it’s on Kickstarter instead of at a traditional publishing house. The odd thing is that, with the way they’ve outlined the pledge rewards, it’s the rare Kickstarter campaign that will benefit the fans directly instead »
- Scott Beggs
Matthew Modine is reaching back to the glory days of Stanley Kubrick's stark masterpiece of war from 1987, "Full Metal Jacket." With help from producing partner Adam Rackoff, Modine, now working comfortably in indie film and TV, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for "Full Metal Jacket Diary," an immersive audiobook adapted from his 2005 book of the same name. (Last year, he created six original short films for ShortsHD.) Like the book, which eventually became an interactive iPad app, the audio diary promises to be a firsthand account of what it was like to work with Kubrick on the set of the director's penultimate film for two years. Fans will hear Modine, who played Carl Jung-loving Private "Joker" Davis, reenact the diary across five chapters -- Private Life, Vietnam, Boot Camp, On Leave, and Boot Camp Redux -- totaling four hours. On the Kickstarter -- two weeks and $6,000 away from the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
To mark the release of Leverage Season 5 on 14th April, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD.
The final season of this much-loved TV hit follows former insurance agency investigator Nathan Ford (Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton) and his team of highly skilled, tech-savvy grafters in this latest instalment, which continues the edgy drama of highly successful previous seasons of the show.
Season 5 features powerful cameos from guest stars including; Cary Elwes (Liar Liar, The Princess Bride), Matthew Lillard (The Bridge, Scream),Treat Williams (127 Hours, Once Upon a Time in America), Neil Hopkins (Skyline, Detour), Adam Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket, Chuck) and Fred Ward (The Player, Escape From Alcatraz).
In this grand finale the team of former top-criminals have relocated to new headquarters in Portland, Oregon and are embarking on some of their biggest ‘unorthodox’ cases to date. This final chapter of the show explores the trust among each of the members, »
The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »
- Drew McWeeny
Jan Harlan acted as a researcher and producer for director Stanley Kubrick for over thirty years, contributing to such iconic films as "A Clockwork Orange," "Barry Lyndon," "The Shining," "Full Metal Jacket" and "Eyes Wide Shut." Harlan is one of three jury members on the docket of this year's Bermuda International Film Festival, which began on March 21. Last week, Biff hosted a panel discussion featuring Harlan as the main subject where he discussed the art of filmmaking for festival attendees, filmmakers and students.Before the panel, Harlan sat down with Indiewire to discuss his work with Kubrick, including the in-depth exhibit that he's helped put together, and to offer some advice to young filmmakers. Check out the accompanying video of the panel after the text Q&A for more insights from Harlan. Tell me about how you first started working with Stanley Kubrick.I have known Kubrick since I was at school. »
- Casey Cipriani
HeyUGuys recently caught up with Stelio Savante who following his lead role in the first film ever to shoot in Equatorial Guinea Where the Road Runs Out, also has a supporting role in Peter Greenaway’s upcoming film Eisenstein in Guanajuato.
Between Greenaway and making history, we felt privileged to have an opportunity to discuss with Savante his career to date, which apparently all began thanks to some good looking girls. In an interview mixed with seriousness and humour he spoke of discovering cinema in his native South Africa, the difference between cinema in American and South African culture, working with J.J. Abrams, and the rewards of collaboration.
Why a career in acting? Was there that one inspirational moment?
Getting paid to do something that I’m passionate about… how could I refuse that? Performing plays in university… I got the bug, it bite hard, and so a journey was born. »
- Paul Risker
Over the course of his career, legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick made movies in various genres tackling a number of ideas. Entirely separate films have been made simply to document the various interpretations of just one of his films, and his attention to detail has been well-documented. Thus, a look at the themes Kubrick presents in his film has always been an intriguing proposition. In three of Kubrick’s films, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, a major idea that Kubrick draws on is society’s relationship with violence; specifically, that society encourages and promotes violence, punishing its absence, despite its outward condemnation of violent acts.
Take, for example, the story of A Clockwork Orange’s Alex. A violent individual with no concern for the well-being of others, Alex has no issue attacking even his own droogs if he feels the need. His »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Artist Nathan Schroeder ('The Avengers', 'Star Trek into Darkness') has provided a couple of awesome looking new concept art pieces for the proposed home of 'Jurassic World'. The images reportedly are of Isla Nublar the fictional island off the west coast of Costa Rica featured in Steven Spielberg's original 'Jurassic Park'. Looks like things have come a long way since the disastrous events that ruined the original theme park. It's definitely had a bit of a clean up and now looks more like a cool tropical holiday resort. The new art also features a brand new visitors center as well as a monorail wrapped around the island, which is no doubt the perfect set piece for some dino disaster action. 'Jurassic World' is helmed by Colin Trevorrow and will star Bryce Dallas Howard ('The Village'), Chris Pratt »
“Good-bye, my sweetheart. Hello, Vietnam.” — Johnny Wright
Full Metal Jacket was Stanley Kubrick’s eleventh film (twelfth, if you count Spartacus) and his last to depict war and the military. Kubrick dealt with the military in Fear and Desire, Paths of Glory, and Dr. Strangelove in very different ways. In Full Metal Jacket, he would focus on the institutional and ideological aspects of American marines and their experience in Vietnam.
Full Metal Jacket is based off of the The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford, who also had a screenplay credit along with Kubrick and Michael Herr. Hasford reportedly did not contribute much to the script except for a few lines of dialogue. Herr was chosen as collaborator because Kubrick admired his book Dispatches, which was a New Journalism take on the Vietnam War based off Herr’s »
- Cody Lang
We’ve been on a bit of a Kubrick kick lately, and here’s another tidbit to add to the heap. Dubbed “one-point perspective,” the above video showcases the symmetrical framing — often from a down-the-corridor Pov — in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, Barry Lyndon, Eyes Wide Shut and Paths of Glory. Set, for dramatic effect, to Clint Mansell’s “Lux Aeterna,” the collage demonstrates the versatility of the shot, as it adopts a humorous stance (Alex DeLarge slurping spaghetti) and a one filled with dread (Jack Torrance, the twins). »
- Sarah Salovaara
Throughout the 1960s-early 1970s, a combination of financial desperation, creative daring, and an adventurous movie-going public had produced a creative detonation in mainstream American movies not seen before or since. Each year of the period seemed to bring at least one mightily ambitious visual experiment by a new contributor to the commercial movie scene, the “look” of that effort being as much a part of its identity as its characters and story. One could pick no better representative of the trend than Stanley Kubrick, for no director of the time so extended the boundaries of mainstream commercial filmmaking, or what it meant to be a mainstream commercial filmmaker.
For the most part, Kubrick’s professional ascent was built on the taking of standard genres – the war story, science fiction tale, sword-and-sandal epic – and twisting them into shapes so singular that each Kubrick outing became an acknowledged one-of-a-kind classic. Paths of Glory »
- Bill Mesce
My first real attempt at understanding the brilliance that was Stanley Kubrick came in my freshman year of college, when I wrote a research paper on 2001: A Space Odyssey for an English class. After all that work, I only received a B and found myself more confused than ever. But there it was – the spark that Stanley Kubrick’s work produces. Kubrick’s best films were experiences; it’s impossible to “half-watch” one of his many masterpieces. And that’s what the movies on this list do. They take you on an odyssey of visual wonder, psychological tremors, and expect you to do as much work as the people involved in the making of the films. Yet, in the end, Kubrick’s films didn’t feel like homework. They felt like vacations to a world where deep thought is a welcome respite.
20. The Thin Red Line (1998)
Directed by Terrence Malick
What makes it Kubrickian? »
- Joshua Gaul
Moviegoers have watched Miles Teller get rowdy in Footloose, lovey-dovey in The Spectacular Now and buddy-buddy with Zac Efron in That Awkward Moment. Now, the versatile actor is taking on his biggest project yet: Divergent. The 27-year-old will appear as Peter in the first movie made from Veronica Roth's hit young adult series. Based on a dystopian Earth, Divergent is the story of a postapocalyptic society that sorts the world's people into one of five factions determined by an aptitude test taken at age 16. Teller is tasked with playing the book's resident bully. But the actor promises there is »
- Kelli Bender
Welcome to "Divergent" week on Moviefone! From March 10 - 14, we'll be premiering a week's worth of exclusive features -- video, behind-the-scenes blogs, concept art, and more -- in anticipation of the hotly anticipated sci-fi/action adaptation. Here, producer Doug Wick details, in his own words, the long, winding road to bringing "Divergent" to the big screen and casting stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James as Tris and Four.
As I was thinking about some of the challenges of turning "Divergent" into a movie, I went through my old emails and did a subject search on the word "Divergent" and rediscovered the following twists and turns.
My partner, Lucy Fisher, and I received a manuscript called "Divergent" by someone named Veronica Roth. She was a first-time writer. As soon as Lucy and I read the book, we became entranced. At that point, however, the book was just "another" manuscript, and »
- Moviefone Staff
“It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.”
I had heard about A Clockwork Orange long before I ever saw it. I was maybe 13 or 14 the first time my mother mentioned it to me. She told me about seeing it in the theatre at a young age; her older cousin being later scolded for having taken her. At 15, she had no idea what to make of the “ultraviolence” she had been exposed to. Knowing my mother rarely talked about movies from her childhood, you could say my interest was piqued. She didn’t go into many details, but I wondered how different it could possibly be from some of the violent films I had already seen. At this point, I thought Predator and Commando were the be-all and end-all of onscreen debauchery. I also thought I was ready for anything. »
- Griffin Bell
“Has it ever occurred to you what would happen to my future, if I were to fail to live up to my responsibilities?”
- Jack Torrance, before telling his wife that he’s going to bash her brains in.
Jack Torrance has responsibilities that were given given to him in good faith by the manager of the Overlook Hotel, Mr. Ullman, which “consists mainly of running the boiler, heating different parts of the hotel on a daily rotating basis, repairing damage as it occurs and doing repairs, so that the elements can’t get a foothold.” At no point in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining do we ever see Jack work on any of these tasks. In fact his wife, Wendy, is the only person we ever see doing any type of upkeep in the Overlook Hotel. When Wendy suggests that they leave the hotel and take their son to a hospital, »
- Jae K. Renfrow
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Avengers 3, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Spectacular Spider-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Heroes Reborn and more...
Well, it's March, which means we're only a few weeks away from the start of the 2014 superhero season as Marvel Studios gets things underway with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (out March 26th here in the UK), and this week has brought us a new featurette for the Phase Two solo sequel entitled 'Conspiracy', which features comments from Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce) and Marvel chief Kevin Feige [watch it here]. Meanwhile we've also got a »
- Gary Collinson
“It’s impossible to tell you what I’m going to do except to say that I expect to make the best movie ever made.” – Stanley Kubrick, Oct. 20, 1971.
There are few unrealized projects in the history of cinema more tantalizingly fascinating than Stanley Kubrick’s planned feature about Napoleon. Even in 1967, at the time of its initial pre-production (the first time around), it seemed like a potentially great idea. But now, looking back with Kubrick’s entire body of work as a reference point, it truly does stand as a project this legendary filmmaker should have been destined to make. Thanks to a mammoth and comprehensive collection of materials fashioned into Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made, edited by Alison Castle and published by Taschen, we can for the first time see how Kubrick prepared for the film and what he had in mind for its ultimate big-screen presentation. »
- Jeremy Carr
The Silicon Valley-based Cinequest draws more than 100,000 people and throws a spotlight — appropriately, given its location — on the crossroads of new film technology and new films themselves. This year marks the 24th year for the fest, one that includes 84 world premieres from 43 countries. Yet the San Jose festival is not high on the radar for industryites just a few hours south in L.A.
“People have said to me, ‘It’s really the best-kept secret in the film industry,’” says co-founder/director Halfdan Hussey. “We’re a big festival with a personal feel.”
Being based in the home of bits and bytes makes Cinequest, which runs March 4-16, a natural location for its very particular tech-meets-film niche. In the past, Hussey says the festival has put early spotlights on up-and-coming innovations such as QuickTime, feature film distribution on the Internet and digital exhibition.
To that end, this year’s premieres »
- Randee Dawn
Deadline has revealed that two more actors have been cast in the fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise, with Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man) have joined Jurassic World in villainous roles.
Jurassic World is being produced by Steven Spielberg, with Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) handling directing duties. Also featuring in the cast of the dino-sequel are Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) and Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer).
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015.
- Gary Collinson
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